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By Graham Potter | Friday, June 30, 2023

The trials and tribulations … the stories of what might have been both on and off the track … will forever be a part of the racing history of the chestnut gelding Orbisyn … and he added a positive chapter to that tale when he landed his sixth career victory from only fourteen starts in a humble Class 6 Plate over 1200m at Ipswich on June 30.

‘Humble’ because it was not where anyone would have expected the five-year-old son of Ruch Enuff to be at this stage of his career after he blitzed his opposition in his opening four starts, to seeming have the world at his feet before suffering setbacks which significantly slowed his career, but it was still super to see him back in the winner’s enclosure.

Not that it was easy.

Orbisyn ($2.50 favourite) landed in a leading line of three horses and Kyle Wilson-Taylor asked the David Vandyke trained runner to keep pushing forward early … which Orbisyn did on cue to take up the running by a length for the first half of the race.

With Wilson-Taylor taking particular care as to how he rated Orbisyn in the lead, the field packed up behind him in the approach to the home turn, and it was only on straightening that Wilson Taylor sent Orbisyn the message that it was time to ‘go.’

The good-looking chestnut quickly extended his lead to two lengths in the first half of the home straight, but it was far from race over.

A combination of Orbisyn starting to feel the pinch slightly late and Crazy Train ($5.50) producing a rousing finishing effort placed Orbisyn under severe pressure in the closing stage but, under a hard ride from Wilson-Taylor, the Vandyke trained runner clung on to his advantage to gain a thrilling, hard, earned, narrow victory.

That is six wins now for Orbisyn … and three minor placings … from fourteen starts and his prize-money pool currently stands at $160 350.

Orbisyn completed a race-day double for the David Vandyke stable after What’s Up Honey had scored earlier in the day, giving the stable a full house of wins at the meeting, both runners winning by the proverbial whisker.

A stressful watch, but it was a very satisfying result for the Vandyke yard … as it always is when really close photo-finishes go your way.

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